Planning your Camino de Santiago adventure? Whether you are a newbie, a bike enthusiast or food is your thing, there is an unforgettable Camino journey waiting for you.
Camino Frances: the Classic Camino for Newbies The Camino Frances or French Way is by far the most famous of the Camino routes, featuring in movies such as Martin Sheen’s The Way, as well as countless Camino books. To give you an idea, approximately 65% of all pilgrims from all over the globe take the Camino Frances. While the route is 800kms long, the majority of pilgrims start in the town of Sarria, in Galicia, just over 100kms away from Santiago.
Finisterre Way: Superb Scenery The Finisterre Camino is a superb route, ideal if you have already done part of the Camino. Cape Fisterra is actually the very end of the Camino trail, and near the lighthouse you will find the KM0 milestone. It is a journey to the end of the world, as Finisterre means ‘Land’s End’ and it was believed to be the very edge of the known world. It is the only Camino route that starts in Santiago so you will get to explore the city before you set off.
Camino del Norte: Food Lovers The first two sections of Camino del Norte will introduce you to the delights of the Basque Country. The first section from San Sebastian to Bilbao is mainly inland and bit more challenging but the country landscapes are stunning; while section two takes you from the city of Bilbao where you should sample its famous ‘pintxos’ to elegant Santander. Along the way, you will stop in seaside towns full of Northern charm, and excellent regional delicacies.
Portuguese Coastal Way: Coastal Beauty The Portuguese Coastal Way is a perfect Summer Camino route, as the seaside towns along the route come alive in the Summer months. In addition, you can go for a dip in the ocean some of the evenings. This is an off the beaten track route that will reward you with peaceful trails and wonderful coastal landscapes. Walking the whole route from Porto will take you a couple of weeks but you can also walk the last section from Baiona (Galicia) in just a week.
Cycling the Camino 10% of all pilgrims arriving in Santiago do so on two wheels and these bike pilgrims are commonly known as ‘bicigrinos’. If this is your first ‘bicigrino’ adventure we recommend you take the relatively easy itinerary cycling the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Santiago, in just a week. You will be cycling between 23 and 50kms per day and you will ride 200kms in total, which means you will be entitled to request your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago:)
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